Weekends at Bellevue

Weekends at Bellevue

by Julie Holland
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Weekends at Bellevue 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a lot of truth in the other reviews here. But whether we like it or not this book is also true to life. Holland showed her cards in this book. It all rang true for me. Every bit of it. The narcissism, weariness, fear, heartache, anger at malingerers and the onslaught of life among the mentally ill. All she left out, really, was the politics of mental health care. I spent years in a similar psychiatric triage setting and love psychiatry even more now than when i started residency 23 yrs ago. All she really failed to show here was enough of the compassion that quite likely drove the writing of this book as much as did her desire to promote herself. And perhaps she doesn't realize either that her experiences are not unique. Worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is NOT your average doctor who pulls aside the Wizard of Oz curtains and reveals herself as a fallible human being, wrestling with her own issues all the while taking the reader on an E-Ticket (the BEST rides at Disneyland) ride through her 9 years as ER doc on the weekends at Bellevue. Fabulously brave and incredibly heartfelt, it is a testament to what it actually takes this person to navigate, personally and professionally, caring for those who, for whatever reason, are severely mentally ill in so many different manifestations, and attempting to solve each puzzle as it lands in the ER. It also highlighted the thin line between sanity and insanity that so many successfully walk with the assistance of therapy and medication - really bringing mental health to a level that it should be - acknowledged as just another part of life and not something to hide or be ashamed of. I actually listened to the audio version and enjoyed hearing Dr. Holland read it herself - adding a "scratch n' sniff" dimension that really works for this very real, often funny, often questioning, sometimes sad & frustrating book. A relaxing read it's not - more like a wild ride - so strap on your seat belt!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This intriguing and fast paced look into the world of a psychiatric ER will le.ad you into the complicated world of mental illness.Not only will you observe patients at times of crisis, you will also get to know the doctor who dedicates her life to them. You will see Dr Holland grow from a cocky resident to dedicated professional highly respected in her field .Dr Holland will amaze you with her compassion yet show you her vulnerability as a human being. Meet the one timers, the repats and the homeless that enter the doors of Bellevue.I promise you will be captivated and long remember this book.With times of humor and tears this eye opening journey will be sure to become a favorite.You will learn a new respect for both patient and doctor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I share her draw to fractured minds, and she quickly drew me in. I was along for the ride, only pausing for my own shifts at the hospital. Brava, Dr Holland, Brava!
Sivia Margareten More than 1 year ago
This doctor is human, in every sense, and this book reminds me of the saying that insanity is a human being's sane response to an insane world. For those people whose minds live in a place that is no longer connected to reality as the majority of us experiences it, it takes someone with spunk and humor to see the value that is covered up when mental illness has taken over and it takes strong will to keep fighting to uncover that value
Summerlove More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Holland gives the reader a view of the event that goes on in the mental department of an emergency room! What doctors and nurses see everyday!!
Walker_Texas_Ranger More than 1 year ago
I first picked up this book because my sister has schizophrenia and I am going into the medical field, but it truely changed how I thought about doctors and just how they are. We all know that even the doctors that help us are just people, even if they can somehow do things that save peoples lives, but this really showed the dirt and the grit, the laughs and tears involved in being a doctor, especially in such a stressful evironment such as where Dr. Holland worked at in Bellevue. It showed how she had to work through issues and truely look deeper at what we take for granted, like is he crazy, or is he just crazy to ME? Who are we to say who is or isn't crazy? and I completely agree, from having to take care of my sister since I was 8 as my parents were gone doing other things. Simply put, a wonderful read, truely gripping at times, and can even change how you look at the world.
PJBradley More than 1 year ago
It's all there ... the grit and the humor, the chaos and the compassion. This is a compelling read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It looked intriguing but i never finished it.
mattia77 More than 1 year ago
As someone who also works in a hospital, I expected to read a memoir filled with stories about people with mental illness and how this doctor helped them, or at least tried to understand them. Instead what I read was a book written by a callous, egotistical, unsympathetic doctor who seemed to be at Bellvue for an Adrenalin rush and a paycheck. she treats these patients as though they are on a conveyor belt, with no real identity, or finds humor where there is none. After her story of 9/11 and how they drove away from NYC, while others rushed to it, that solidified my disliked of this woman. In one passage she mocks a rich, stuck up woman who comes in and is shouting demands...which is funny, because that pretty much describes her. she is confrontational and not at all sympathetic, completely wrapped up in herself. she talks a lot about how she flirts with everyone...confirming that she really thinks shes something. She also deflects blame through most of the book, as nothing that goes wrong is ever her fault.. Well writing this book, that was definitely her fault. But don;t worry, she can just go to the hospital coffee shop and make it all better. I would never ever read anything by her or about her ever again. I honestly feel sorry for the myriad of patients she "treated".
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This book will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It will hold you on the edge until the very end. A most read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always been intrigued by Bellevue. This is a great book, i couldn't put it down. I held off finishing it for a few days because I didn't want it to end. The author mentions an HBO documentary and I looked it up,turns out I had watched it years ago.Bellevue seems like a fascinating yet heartbreaking place to work.
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This account is the real deal. I've worked in a downtown E.R., worked with the mentally ill, and I refer many patients to pschiatrists for properly targeted medical interventions. I give this read an easy five stars: Good author self-disclosure, good diagnoses & treatment, and well chosen examples.
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